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IowaCASA Connection: Birthday Cake!

Only a handful of tickets are left for IowaCASA's Totally Awesome Birthday Bash fundraiser! Join us THIS THURSDAY to help us celebrate!

We're celebrating IowaCASA's 35th Birthday this Thursday, September 21st, from 4:30 - 6:30pm at the Des Moines Social Club in downtown Des Moines. Tickets are only $35.00 per person and going FAST! Don't miss out!

IowaCASA arrived on the nonprofit scene in 1982 to provide training, support, and assistance to advocates working with sexual assault survivors throughout the state. Our 35th Birthday Bash will be an 80s-themed Happy Hour gathering that will include these totally rad party gifts:

  • a rockin' silent auction that includes groovy packages from Flix Brewhouse, Iowa Barnstormers, WineStyles, Jasper Winery, BRAVO Cucina Italiana, Painting with a Twist, and more!

  • birthday cake donated by Bake Shoppe and Get Baked with Helen, and some savory appetizers from Malo restaurant

  • wicked cash bar cocktails specially made by the Des Moines Social Club bar staff

  • and some most triumphant party favor swag!

Special thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors: Kreg Tool, Frank and Melba Scaglione, Access Systems, Meacham Travel Service, Lufkin Benefit Solutions, Kum & Go, and Karl Ritland of Edward Jones.

IowaCASA's Latina Services Specialist, Elizabeth Balcarcel, will keynote the upcoming Arte Sana conference in November

We couldn't be more proud of the work Elizabeth has done to promote a society free from sexual violence in Iowa and within the Latino community. Not only does Elizabeth provide bilingual support to all 25 comprehensive sexual assault programs throughout the state, she helps Latino survivors navigate issues related to sexual assault, immigration, understanding rights, and more.

On November 2-3, Elizabeth will keynote at the Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference in San Antonio, Texas. This is the first national sexual assault and intimate partner violence conference to offer a complete workshop track in Spanish, in addition to numerous bilingual sessions. Iowa bilingual advocates have attended the conference since its inception and we're excited to continue our support of this amazing learning opportunity.

Registration is now open for the Nuestra Voces conference. Click here to find out more.

Join IowaCASA and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence for the Move to End Violence conference

PLEASE NOTE: As of September 19, 2017, the conference is sold out and will no longer be accepting registrations.

We invite you to join us at Moving Together: Cultivating Dialogue for Social Change Conference on September 27-28 at the Holiday Inn-Des Moines Airport/Conference Center. Reserve your spot today.

The conference is an opportunity to roll out the work ICADV and IowaCASA have been a part of at the national level with the Move to End Violence (MEV) Center. MEV supports leaders within the movement to end violence field from across the country to step back from their daily work to envision the change they want to see, imagine new strategies and build the capacity needed to realize this change.

Over the course of two days, attendees will explore the issues of intimate partner, sexual and communal violence by readjusting their lens and connecting issues that have been present in their communities and have gone unaddressed. These include but are not limited to mass incarceration, over reliance to the criminal justice system, mandatory minimums, state violence, racism, poverty, class, LGBTQ rights and voter rights.

March for Black Women on Sept. 30

On September 30, 2017 Black women in all their diversity will march on the National Mall and the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to denounce the propagation of state-violence and the widespread incarceration of Black women and girls, rape and all sexualized violence, the murders and brutalization of transwomen and the disappearances of our girls from our streets, our schools and our homes.

This event is hosted by Black Women's Blueprint. For more information, click here. To visit the Facebook page for the March for Black Women, click here.

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